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PE Curriculum at St Catherine's


At St Catherine’s we aim to provide children with opportunities to:

• become skilful and intelligent performers;

• acquire and develop skills in a range of physical activities;

• learn to select and use skills, tactics and ideas to suit different activities;

• develop their ideas in a creative way;

• compete against others, individually and as team members;

• understand what it takes to try hard, succeed and acknowledge each other’s success;

• respond to a variety of physical challenges;

• focus on improving aspects of own performance;

• discover their own aptitudes and preferences;

• understand the need for exercise in their lives; and

• develop positive attitudes to participation in physical activity.

At St Catherine’s, children are provided with a range of exciting and challenging sporting activities and opportunities.  Through P.E., children are encouraged to adopt and develop positive attitudes towards sharing, co-operation and competition in active situations. We aim to enhance pupils’ self-confidence and self-esteem through a wide variety of movement experience and cater for individual pupils’ abilities and group skills in a progressive programme which offers stimulating and challenging learning situations.

Children at St Catherine’s are provided with a breadth of sporting activities. Each class is taught field, striking, gymnastic and dance skills throughout the year and their learning is enhanced by a range of professional coaches teaching the children alongside the teacher.  Children learn to swim in the middle phase and our Year 2 go ice skating.  Physical Education is not just provided during lesson time. St Catherine’s also offers a range of extra curriculum sports clubs, which have included cricket, football, netball and tennis.

Our Healthy School status reflects our commitment to making informed choices about eating, exercise and wellbeing.  Our Play Leaders in the Upper Phase encourage activity during playtimes by providing equipment and direction, modelling sharing and co-operation.  During assemblies, we celebrate sporting success outside of school, fuelling the children’s ambition to persevere.

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